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    Hi All,

    I have recently written a letter to my supervisor with the following opening: 'I hope you understand that translation work requires high level of concentration and accuracy.'

    The background is that I am working for a company which provides translation services. Given my workload, I wish my supervisor, who is a very experienced translator, will review my pay. However, he replied by stating that the expression aforementioned is 'totally impolite and offensive'.

    Regardless of his motive, I am wondering if my expression is indeed what he said. Please advise, English experts. Thanks!
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    (Original post by chrisbenoit923)
    Hi All,

    I have recently written a letter to my supervisor with the following opening: 'I hope you understand that translation work requires high level of concentration and accuracy.'

    The background is that I am working for a company which provides translation services. Given my workload, I wish my supervisor, who is a very experienced translator, will review my pay. However, he replied by stating that the expression aforementioned is 'totally impolite and offensive'.

    Regardless of his motive, I am wondering if my expression is indeed what he said. Please advise, English experts. Thanks!
    I hope you understand, and (s)he is an expert so obviously knows. Sounds a little bit weird to say that. You could have started saying as you know....
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    'I hope you understand that...' suggests that the listener needs to know this, but they might not. I don't think that it is totally impolite and offensive. It might come across as a little aggressive depending on the context, because it strengthens whatever follows. For example:
    "I hope you understand that you will not be allowed to bring any visitors into the building" suggests that the speaker thinks you are the sort of person who would break this rule, and they are already cross with you. A listener could get upset at the implied accusation.
    However, if you are given a flight upgrade and the attendant says "I hope you understand that we can't offer this every time you fly", there would be nothing to get upset about.

    As an alternative, try "I am sure that you will understand how much concentration is needed with translation work..." which flatters the listener because it assumes that they are clever enough to know already.
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    Overall it sound as if your being rude to your boss in of a controlling gratitude way. You should have started your sentence with a kind impression like for instance... " please be alert about " or " kindly hope you do ..."🙂
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